According to the International Labor Organization, there are 20.9 million victims of human trafficking globally; 26% of them are vulnerable children.
Sean and Kay Levesque are passionate about bringing awareness to communities around the country to the unthinkable reality of human exploitation and trafficking. Kay shares valuable advice on what we can do if we suspect a young person is being targeted or preyed upon.
“The first thing I’d like to say is always act responsibly. Matthew 10:16 says, ‘Be wise as serpents and as innocent as doves,’ so never attempt direct street outreach or intervention on your own without training. Without proper training, you can actually put a child at increased risk of violence, not to mention the matter of your own safety. Never pay a child for time to talk in the hopes of rescuing her, it’s always important to go through the appropriate channels.”
“Learn how to identify a victim; do your own research. Go onto our website love2hope.com. We’ve linked you to many places where you can educate yourself more. Know the warning signs, and then call; report what you see. If you see something, say something. We have programmed in our phone the National Human Trafficking Hotline: 1-888-373-7888. You can call that line and tell them what you see or what you suspect, and they’ll direct you to your next step.”
“Also, pray. Sometimes we forget about the power of prayer. God is a God of rescue and restoration; it is who He is and what He is about.”
Kay explains why it’s important for us to identify any potential victims of human trafficking and reach out to the appropriate rescue channels immediately.
“These pimps, these traffickers, they can see the vulnerable and they go and exploit them. We need to have eyes to see the vulnerable first and beat them to it. As believers, we need eyes to see the vulnerable and we need to be able to go in and fill those gaps with the motive of pointing them to true hope.”
“I just think it’s important for all of us to do a little self-check, ‘Do I have eyes to see the vulnerable? When I do see them, am I doing something about it? Am I giving them value? Am I pointing them to Jesus? Am I mentoring them?’”
As parents, we also have the opportunity to teach our children how to identify the warning signs, see the vulnerable, and say something if they notice any unusual behavior.
Together, we can join the fight to end human trafficking by paying closer attention.
Sean Levesque has spent his career motivating and inspiring others through his roles as a teacher, personal coach, trainer, instructor, and presenter. He is a trained communicator through the Dale Carnegie Institute and an Ambassador of Hope with Shared Hope International and Stories Foundation.
Kay Levesque’s speaking journey began nearly 17 years ago when she traveled as Miss North Dakota throughout the Midwest speaking and singing to a variety of groups. Her audiences have included students, teachers, women’s groups, youth groups, and retreat attendees. She is a trained Ambassador of Hope through Shared Hope International and Stories Foundation.
For additional information about Sean and Kay’s ministry Love2Hope, please visit their website.Speaking out against human trafficking